Though humans are made of both body and soul
they are one
and through them the material world
reaches its crown
and raises its voice
to praise its Creator.
Therefore, the only gift God requires of us
is our being – with all its imperfections.
When we realize we are lovable
because God loves us
despite our weakness/sin/imperfection
it quickens our self-love.
For the great Anglican theologian John Macquarrie
even our limitations and death point to transcendence –
death gives structure and perspective to life
and raises the hope of immortal life.
Therefore, we should approach our earthly life
not as a problem to be solved
but as an adventure to be lived
with our mind and heart open to whatever arises
until Sister Death welcomes us into life forever
in the glorious presence of our Creator.
Spirituality is giving life one’s all.
Therefore, anyone who gives their all
to their family/work/country/justice/art
is a spiritual person – whether they acknowledge God or not.
For many men, all-out devotion to their work or their family
is their way of being good/spiritual/a saint –
maybe they are not workaholics
maybe they are addicted to love.
After all, deep erotic energy exists at the heart of the cosmos
and becomes manifest in human ministry/family life/marriage/sexuality –
the desire to love and be loved – the One Source of spirituality and sexuality –
this desire is the cosmic energy
that unites God/humans/the universe.